Stretching your dollar by saving money on diapers

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 23, 2015)-- It’s the age old question, cloth or disposable diapers.  For many parents, it’s a "diaper dilemma!”

You can stretch your dollar by using cloth diapers, but are they right for you and your family? The choice of diaper was simple for one mom who said she did not want disposable.

“I saw my sister's baby with diapers that had just gotten too saturated and the lining came apart and these blue crystals were all over the baby. I don't really know what those are, I don't know that they're not safe, but I just decided to kind of skip over that,” said Dawn Marie White.

White decided safety and price were the key factors in choosing to use cloth diapers for her baby boy.

That’s why she went to Toasty Baby at 4825 East 96th Street. They sell cloth diapers and all the accessories. They say cloth is about a fourth to a tenth the cost of disposable diapers.

“You can spend anywhere between $250 and $500  depending on the styles you get.  Disposable diapers  will cost you probably $2,000 for one child,” said Joanna Burress, co-owner of Toasty Baby.

There are just plain cloth diapers, that you fold. They are the least expensive at $250. Others have removable absorbent pockets in them. And finally the "all in one" cloth diapers look more like disposable diapers, and they cost about $500 for a full supply.

“We dont' sell pins.  There's this device called a "Snappi" that has teeth almost like an Ace bandage. It grabs the fabric and keeps the diaper around baby,” said Burress.

So how many diapers do you need for your child from start to finish?  The answer is not many because they can hold up for years.

“24 changes is what we always tell people because that gets you about 2 to 3 days between washes.  If you wash too often, they are going to wear out quicker, and if you wait too long you will have too much laundry,” said Josh Burress, co-owner of Toasty Baby.

Doing laundry is one of the drawbacks for many parents who choose disposables, but one mom pointed out, disposable diapers have inconveniences as well, such as running to the store to always buy them.

“A lot of mom friends I have are trying to clip coupons, to find where the cheapest diapers are.  It seems to be a big ordeal where I just put the diapers in the washer machine, play with my kid, move them to the dryer, continue playing with my kid, and it's just not a big deal,” said White.

If you're unsure, Toasty Baby even offers free classes a few times a month to answer questions you may have about diapers and caring for your baby’s needs.

The big factor that makes many parents choose disposable diapers is the convenience of just tossing the diaper when they are used. But did you know, you’re not supposed to toss a diaper into the trash?

“With disposable diapers, you're supposed to be disposing of solid waste in the toilet, according to public health codes, so it's the same thing you do with a cloth diaper,” said White.

So, it’s up to you, what’s right for you and your family.

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